Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivers a statement following a meeting with French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris, November 26, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi condemned an attack by an apparent Islamist militant in France on Friday, describing it as a “brutal terrorist incident.”
At least one militant launched a daylight raid on a gas factory in eastern France Friday, pinning a decapitated head to the gates and injuring at least two people with explosive devices.
Speaking to his French counterpart Francois Hollande by phone on Saturday, El-Sisi extended his condolences.
The Egyptian president said during the phone call that his country denounces violence, terrorism and extremism and supports France in countering the violence, spokesperson for the Egyptian presidential office, Alaa Youssef, said in a statement.
The president also stressed the importance of concerted efforts by the international community to combat terrorism and extremism.
Hollande expressed his sincere thanks and appreciation to the Egyptian president, Youssef reported, stressing that his country will confront terrorism in all its forms.
The French president also reportedly reiterated his hope to attend the opening ceremony of the new Suez Canal in August.